It is a unique park in Kenya. This can only be attributed to two main reasons. The park is within the capital city and is also the first national park in Kenya. Nairobi national park allows you to relieve stress and walk away from a busy schedule in town by providing you ample time with wildlife and nature.
Indeed we cannot also deviate from the fact that the park is one of its kind being the only one in the world that is close to a capital city. There is a wide variety of wildlife scattered all over the park. You will have the opportunity to see giraffes in here, cheetahs, gazelles, warthogs, zebras, among other fantastic wildlife.
Action & Attraction
There are around 400 species of birds in this park that are located near the wetlands. This park covers about 117 km2 and is rich in both flora and fauna. In the park, there are extensive tracts and plains of grass with scattered acacia trees and bushes.
A highland dry forest covers the western side and riverine forest and a river border the park to the south. You are sure to find gorges and rocky valleys with long grass and scrub in the sanctuary. The human-made dams are the unique features that ensure the survival and thriving of the birds and also wildlife.
Make your way to the dams during the dry season and watch as the gazelles and other animals quench their thirst at the only place that could uphold their survival. Nairobi national park has got the highest density of rhinos in Kenya. In this park, you are sure to find the black rhinos in their natural habitat. It is also a rhino sanctuary and was nicknamed “Kifaru Ark”. Kifaru is a Swahili word for a rhinoceros.
You can decide to partake several hiking trails and picnic spots in this park. Hiking will give you a chance to enjoy the natural environment more vehemently and capture the scenic views from an up-close perspective. While at the park, make sure you visit some special reserves. There is the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage where rhino calves and baby elephants are cared for. It usually is after they have been rescued from the hungry jaws of other predators and poachers.
Feeding times at the reserve is always an exciting and fun event to watch. This is all from the reception of the infants when they know it is meal time. The playing and jumping around would make you wish you were the one bonding with them so smoothly and cheerfully.
About the Park
The park is only a few minutes’ drive from the capital as it is only 7 km away. You can visit at any time of the year as the park is always accessible. However, you must ensure you are in a vehicle when entering the park. Nairobi national park is also generally dry; the situation changes during the rainy seasons only.
Operating hours for the park is between 0600 hrs to 2100 hrs every day. The best time to visit the sanctuary is between July and March when it is the dry season. During the rainy season around April to June, there are a lot of difficulties such as wet and muddy roads. Make your way to the park and enjoy this eloquent rhino sanctuary and all it has to offer.